Aurizon to sack 800 workers over next three years

RAIL group Aurizon will deepen its cost cutting program, slashing up to $380 million over the next three years and getting rid of more than 800 jobs.

Update: MP hits out at council for stalling on CCTV network

We shouldn't be responsible for CCTV network, says Council.

Man in red ute stops with medical condition on Bruce Hwy

A 35 year old man was transported to the Gladstone Hospital this afternoon after suffering a medical condition north of Mount Larcom.

Man in red ute stops with medical condition on Bruce Hwy

Dyon’s ‘bone breaker’ club not a good look

Dyon Smith leaves Gladstone Courthouse after he pleaded guilty to possession of a Bowie knife and an axe-handle 'billy club' in public. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer

Dyon’s ‘bone breaker’ club not a good look

Your reaction to "ghost town" CBD on Monday's Labour Day

Goondoon St a ghost town on Labour Day

UPDATE: Your reaction to public holidays and workers taking a break.

Council ditches recycled paper for newsletter

Gladstone Council Chambers.

Council sacrifices recycled paper to save money on newsletter

Mayor: Islamic Centre needs to tell public what's happening

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

It's up to the Islamic Centre to keep public informed, says mayor.

Has anyone lost their lawnmowers?

Three goats seen running about in Beecher today.

No kidding the goats are out

Five angry sisters and mum in wild street brawl

Sisters Rikki-Harley Grassham and Mistyann Rita Grassham, 18, faced the Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Two sisters faced court for their involvement in a group brawl.

Gladstone’s new Turkish shisha restaurant

Daniel's Shisha Restaurant will be opening in the next two weeks and plan on being open until 2am. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer

Gladstone’s new Turkish shisha restaurant

Telstra customers ‘fed up’ with poor services

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Telstra customers tired of complaining have started a petition

QAL stink could soon be thing of the past

QAL Gladstone.

QAL is working on eliminating the smell that covers south Gladstone.

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LETTER: Gladstone loses best bone specialist

Gladstone Base Hospital, Park Street, Gladstone.

Herb Linwood is sad to see another specialist leave Gladstone.

COLUMN: What does a normal marriage look like in 2015?

New Zealand's first gay couple to be legally wed, Melissa Ray (left) and Natasha Vitali, are thought to have parted.

It's easy to forget that not everyone is OK with marriage equality.

Our lost past: Australian life before everything changed

The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert by Jukuna Mona Chuguna and Pat Lowe. Publisher: Magabala Books. RRP: Paperback $16.95. Also available as an e-book.

THE frontier wars on this continent cost Australia dearly.

OPINION: Golden try is answer for the NRL

APN senior sports reporter Wayne 'Ticker' Heming

The NRL Golden Try is wonderful TV and extraordinary theatre

LETTER TO THE ED: Did the state voters get it wrong?

Bungundarra man questions the state Labor Government

Need to develop a culture of trust in business

What is paramount to business success? Trust among the team says Yale Morgan.

What is paramount to business success? Trust among the team

Can't do: Store refuses to stock Campbell Newman's book

Bookshop makes a stand on cuts to arts funding by boycotting ex-politician Campbell Newman's biography.

Bookshop makes a stand on cuts to arts funding by boycotting book

Dowling only Talisman Sabre protester to plead not guilty

Dowling only Talisman Sabre protester to plead not guilty

James Dowling appeared in court today over a charged for trespass

VIDEO: Footage show sledgehammer bandit at pub

CCTV footage shows a thief who used a sledgehammer to break into the Palmwoods Hotel before opening a safe to steal cash about 3am on October 6.

Police following leads in hunt for thief

Accused had loaded gun cocked as police neared, court hears

A loaded handgun was among items seized from a Forest Glen property on Tuesday.

Police say Forest Glen property has links to Rebels motorcycle club

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Westbrook crash

Scene of fatal crash on the Gore Highway west of Westbrook. Second fatal in same area in a day.

Police trying to locate blue Falcon which may have been in the area

Qld Govt delays Uber solutuion

Queensland Government establishes long-term review to look into how to provide regulatory balance between established taxi industries and "digital disruption" from apps like Uber.

THE State Government has delayed addressing the Uber issue.

Victorian cop charged with murder

Timothy Baker.

Man shot 3 times after being pulled over for routine traffic stop

Choice names top eight shonky products

Choice has awarded eight products and services with Shonky Awards in 2015.

Eight companies have been awarded a gong in the Shonky Awards

More funds, drop fee changes: Unis say

University students

Universities call for end to 'intolerable' uncertainty

Pacific Hwy ranked worst road in NSW for fifth year running

Traffic on the Pacific Highway

Highway tops bad road list in poll of nearly 8000 road users

One third of cancers 'our fault'

A third of all cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking.

ONE in three cancers in Australia are caused by lifestyle factors.

Breast cancer gene cannot be patented, High Court rules

Two-time cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy has led the legal battle over the ownership of the patent by US company Myriad Genetics.

HIGH Court rules the breast cancer gene BRCA-1 cannot be patented.

Why almost half of women feel sad after sex

A study has found 46% of female university students reported PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime.

ALMOST half of women experience post-coital dysphoria symptoms.

Satnav leads pensioners into deadly shoot-out in Brazil

Regina Murmura and her husband Francisco. Regina was fatally shot after a satnav app directed her and her husband to a notorious Brazilian slum.

SATNAV leads pensioners into drug gangs' deadly shoot-out in Brazil.

Economy class is about to get a lot worse

Airbus is one of several companies filing for patents for plane seating designs as plane manufacturers seek new ways to cram more passengers onto planes.

A NEW seating design could make economy class a lot worse.

Pair left husbands at home to get to dream grand final

Mackay's Clare Thompson and Joanne Spence were over-the-moon they splurged on tickets to the historic NRL grand final. Photo: Contributed.

Cowboys’ fans faced tough decisions before seeing team in fairy-tale

Two Eastern Brown snakes battle it out in frenzied fight

A still from the video showing two Eastern Brown snakes fighting at Byron Bay, posted on Facebook by Cheyne Seabrook. Photo Contributed

A VIDEO of two brown snakes fighting has been posted online.

Whale boat capsized said to be freak wave

Whale wave boat capsize will not be investigated

Whale wave boat capsize will not be investigated

Solar customers concerned about $599 to repair rusty screws

HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED? We want to hear from you. Call our office or email Helen on

The email invited customers to spend up to $599 to repair screws

Pets and their owners line up for a blessing at St Mark’s

BLESSED: Geoff Farmer, Rev. Julie Simpson, Rev. Barbara Diery, Rev. Kaye Pitman and Joel Farmer with Rocky at the blessing of the pets at St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Church offers pet blessings on feast day of animal-lover St Francis

Tweed Valley 'priestess' offering sexual healing

Sexologist and “priestess of Goddess”, Kerri Ryan, in her temple at Uki.

The 'sexologist' says she can help you heal.

Stephenie Meyer rewrites Twilight Saga

Author Stephenie Meyer has rewritten the Twilight Saga to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

AUTHOR rewrites the Twilight Saga to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner selling home for $45 million

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are selling their former marital home for about $45 million following their split in June.

BEN Affleck and Jennifer Garner are selling their marital home.

Kanye West wants son 'to feel purpose'

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West at the 2015 Met Gala

Kanye West hopes his unborn son "can feel purpose"

Keira Knightley files police complaint

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley files police complaint against man

Ashley Judd told: Will you watch me take a shower?

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd says she was sexually harassed by Hollywood studio boss

Kylie Jenner wears Spanx

Kylie Jenner has confessed to wearing Spanx

Maserati Ghibli gets new range of engines for 2016

The Maserati Ghibli will be available with a new range of engines for 2016.

Cleaner, more efficient engines will power the 2016 Maserati Ghibli.

Watchdog signals blitz on false 'free range' egg claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has  has released a guide to assist egg producers to have a better understanding of their rights and obligations when promoting their products as free range.

Not acceptable to say free range when outdoor range isn't used often

Four ways you can avoid hassles with snakes this summer

An eastern brown snake

Being aware of these facts may help you if you encounter a snake

Microsoft unveils new Surface Book to rival Apple

Microsoft Surface Book

Tech giant announces new Lumia, Microsoft Band and Xbox offers

Surf businesses suffering as shark fear continues in Ballina

DOWNTURN: Surfboard maker Wayne Webster is just one Ballina Shire surf business suffering due to the shark attacks and sightings off the coast.

Shark situation has had a 'dramatic impact on psychology' of locals

Chinese workers to flood in: report

Penny Wong

China FTA could disadvantage Aussie workers

Taxi driver retreats after boast of hitting Uber driver

Taxi drivers are furious over the invasion of Uber drivers in Queensland.

'My comments do reflect the level of frustration that I feel'

TPP: Biggest deal in history reached

Trade minister Andrew Robb speaking during a press conference in Canberra, Monday, Feb 17, 2014. Mr Robb commented on the Korea Australia free trade agreement.

Australia, 11 Pacific-rim nations reach biggest deal in history

New business: Beautiful Elegance for stunning formal looks

LOOKING GOOD: Xavier Catholic College student, Brittany Honeysett, was styled by Nettie Sutherland. Fraser Coast Chronicle / contributed.

Bigger store full of more fashion to open its doors